XFL 2020 Schedule For Opening Weekend
The XFL 2020 schedule for opening weekend packs quite a punch in terms of entertainment.
Back in 2001, WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon launched the first incarnation of the XFL in hopes of rivaling the NFL.
It was a glitzy, star-studded affair that earned him a lot of attention – but ultimately it ended up flailing after the first few weeks.
A subpar football product coupled with cheap thrills and dumb rules sunk the XFL almost immediately – costing McMahon roughly $35 million in the process.
Despite that first failure, McMahon was not prepared to give up on his dream of one day putting forth a credible alternative to the NFL.
The XFL returns this weekend, and McMahon pledges that he learned from his mistakes the first time around.
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This weekend, dozens of football players who would have otherwise been out of work will get their shot on the big stage this Saturday afternoon.
In the first game of the day, the Seattle Dragons will kick things off against the DC Defenders. The game is set to take place at 2:00 pm eastern time on ABC.
From there, the Los Angeles Wildcats will travel to Texas to take on the Houston Roughnecks. That outing will air at 5:00 pm eastern time on Fox.
The Defenders versus Dragons battle should be particularly exciting, given that it features a showdown between former Ohio State star Cardale Jones and former Troy standout Brandon Silvers.
Following that battle, fans will get to see former NFL quarterback Josh Johnson and Los Angeles square off against former Temple Star and Indianapolis Colts backup quarterback P.J. Walker.
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McMahon is a very capable businessman and as such has surrounded himself with smart football minds like Oliver Luck, father of former Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Clearly he learned from his mistakes the first time around and will work to make the XFL into something special in its reincarnation.
The XFL made fade the longer it goes like it did back in 2001, but the first few weeks promise to be packed with excitement.
That, coupled with a lack of NFL action to keep folks excited and the newfound legalization of gambling in much of the US, should be enough to produce decent ratings for the XFL for the next few months.
Beyond that, the league will need to prove itself with quality play and legitimate personalities if it wants to have real staying power.
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